Virgil van Dijk’s Injury Increases Odds of Liverpool Retaining EPL Title

It’s quite unfortunate that in its first season as a defending EPL champion, Liverpool lost Virgil van Dijk to an injury in last month’s match against Everton. Since the Liverpool star defender will be undergoing surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injury, he will be out of commission for the remainder of the season. As a corollary result in the sports betting front, bookmakers have adjusted the odds-on, upping Liverpool’s odds of winning from a previous +139 to +240.

As it is, the “Reds” defence now rests heavily on Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and makeshift defender Fabinho (Fabio Tavares). Reports have it that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is currently in search of a replacement for van Dijk with only two months left until the next transfer window in January. While Liverpool is already one of five English Premier League teams in the lead after the second round of their defence season, avid football fans note that the “Reds” have been struggling to achieve its current record of 2-2.

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard thinks that while it remains to be seen how Liverpool’s loss of a critical player will impact the team’s chances of defending its first EPL title, such a loss can hit any team hard. Bookmakers think so too, as the resulting sportsbook adjustments hasve catapulted Manchester City at the top of the odds list with a -112 odds of winning the 2020-2021 season; pushing down Liverpool in the number two spot with its +240 odds of retaining its first EPL title.

Sport betting is one of the most popular gambling activities in the UK and throughout Europe, while the English Premier League is the most wagered sports betting product. Southeast Asians are also known fans of football betting, despite the prohibition against gambling in most Asian countries. However, the advent of mobile gambling apps have enabled avid sports bettors in countries like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei to sustain enthusiasm over football betting.

How Does the Sports Betting Market Thrive in Southeast Asian Countries?

Although European sportsbooks operators have expanded their operations in Asian countries, governments of countries that prohibit any form of gambling have ordered Internet Service providers (ISPs) to deny access to online gambling websites. Still, sports betting in Asian countries continues to thrive and flourish. Advancements in communication technologies have made it possible for Asian gamblers to wager on premier football competitions using their mobile device or smartphone.

In recent years, and with the Philippines establishing itself as a reputable Gambling Regulator for Asia-facing gambling websites, existing and new sportsbook operators have been offering mobile gambling apps to make their online casinos and sportsbooks accessible to Asian gamblers. However, one can only download a mobile gambling app of a trustworthy online gambling site through authorized agents or affiliates.

In Indonesia for example, agents of a trusted Situs Judi Online or online gambling site, along with a customer service staff, will facilitate the onboarding of new customers through the agent’s website. All communications will be kept secure and private by way of a Virtual Private Network or VPN, to make betting activities untraceable, including placing of deposits and withdrawing of funds. .